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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 31, 2010 4:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Two Halloween TDIHs

As the Great Pumpkin begins his annual trip around the globe, I'll toss out a few suggestions to add to the Halloween bag.

First up, 10/31/79. This is another killer Phil show from a fine week, and it's a wild night in NYC. Heck, it's so wild that not only Bob and Phil, but even Jerry, take their turn at trying to get the crowd to Step Back.

What’s the difference between a duck? Well, if it’s disco duck, the difference is that when it shows up on this Shakedown Street, it’s grabbed by the throat and wrestled with and forcibly mutated into a huge ravenous Deadly-funky bird to be ridden for 19 wild, gritty, memorable minutes. Truly a Don't Miss Shakedown Street.

That’s followed by a Passenger that slaps you against the wall. Actually, the whole show does. As I said, this is a serious Phil show! And the others aren't exactly taking a snooze. Check out Brent’s playing on Big River and Eyes … just wonderful. As for the Wharf Rat > Truckin’ … how did the building not spontaneously combust?

The China Rider and Althea were picked for the bonus disc for RT vol. 1, no. 1. Btw I think I prefer this Shakedown to 10/25, which was picked for the RT, cuz it's just grittier, but will have to listen to them both again in tandem. Anyone else have a vote on that? Or a vote on which night of the week is hottest, if you've heard them all? If pressed, I think I'd say 10/27 cuz of the 2nd set, then this one, then a tie between 10/28 and 10/25.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-31.sbd-bertha.ashley.17360.shnf


Next up, 1983. OK, I know the prospect of a trip into the 80s is scary enough for some folks. This show isn’t up there with ’79, but still, Fall ’83 is my favorite part of that year (not that I've listened to everything in the year, but fall stands out to me), and this night has some truly special elements.

The Help > Slipknot > Franklin’s > Eyes is a lovely long ramble of Jazz Fusion Dead, 80s style, and it leads into a unique Drum > Space featuring percussionist Airto Moreira for a hypnotic stretch of edge-of-magic drumming and voodoo Halloween hollering. (Really.)

That leads into … the LAST St. Stephen EVER. True, nobody is going to compare ’83 St. Stephens to Those That Came Before. But they’re worth hearing. Personally, I’d have liked them to follow those '83 Stephens with something besides Throwing Stones, which I like well enough (and which probably worked better in the '80s anyway than Stephen would have), but ... Stephen in his wild free flower-child garden, followed by ‘80s political commentary? Nah. It still must have been amazing to be in the audience for those breakouts, and this hometown show sounds like it made for a fine Halloween.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-31.sbd.clugston.3811.shnf


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-10-31 11:27:13

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 30, 2010 10:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1991-10-31.sbd.finney-ghost-elborgen.540.shnf

I usually go H>S>F , LIG , 2nd set to drums , and finish w/ Werewolves of Oakland .
Look , ghost helped transfer the music . Nice ghost .

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 31, 2010 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

Whew, well if you put it that way ...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 31, 2010 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

Which part, O Editor? See what happens when writers are just kind of hanging out, not actually doing anything useful? (Should I say, too lazy to crow for pay?) We attack unwary readers with Deadified Disco Ducks ...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 31, 2010 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

Well, I was sold when you mentioned wrestling a giant gritty Shakedown Street bird. I'm streaming this, haven't gotten to Shakedown yet ...

The show has an enjoyable, slightly out-of-hand feeling to it, appropriate for Halloween.

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2010-10-31 14:05:04

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 31, 2010 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

A very Halloweenish Althea, too - the song, that is :)

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Poster: billydlions Date: Oct 31, 2010 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

Good call on both of those shows Althea. I love the jam during space on 10-31-83 that leads in to St Stephen. I rarely listen to drums or space but this one turns in to a really good jam. And I've always preferred 10-31-79 over the next night which has the killer Scarlet-Fire.

Also, a good non-call on 10-31-85. Even the interesting set list couldn't save that show. Of course everyone knows about 10-31-71 I hope.



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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 31, 2010 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two Halloween TDIHs

you want something scary? Try 10-31-90. Great show and well played. First set is a "monster" However Jerry's cold catches up with him and his voice is shot unfortunately.